Summer has finally arrived in Denali!
This year we were lucky to have lots of snow fall in late winter, which ensured excellent skiing, fat biking, and dog mushing through April and into early May. Now, we are gearing up for summer mode. The ridgetops are peeking through the snow, the local creeks are flowing fast and strong, the midnight sun is shining full blast and we are busy getting our hiking and packrafting gear ready for adventures with clients. The lovely singing of Swainson’s thrushes, white-crowned sparrows, and other migratory birds outside our office window reminds us how beautiful and fleeting this season is, and how excited we are to share the magic of summertime in Alaska with you!
Our last few weeks have been focused on training new guides and learning from the multitude of experts we are fortunate to have in our community, experiences that will enrich every hike and paddle we guide this year.
We’ve learned the “anatomy of scenery” from a local geologist, studied weather patterns and climatology with a retired professor neighbor, and followed animal tracks with an expert naturalist. We also put together a packraft-specific swiftwater rescue training class over Memorial Day weekend, one of the few to be offered in the state of Alaska, which filled up quickly with local community members. It is so important to us to be a part of spreading the culture of safety in Alaska whitewater sports!
With the summer schedule filling up, we hope that you’ll join us on one of our daily day hiking, packrafting or big boat paddling trips, or any other adventure you dream of!